Yankees fans in panic mode after spring training loss to Blue Jays

Gerrit Cole during a game of the Yankees in an spring training game

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Panic has set in for Yankees fans after another demoralizing spring training defeat at the hands of the Blue Jays, leaving many to lament that their World Series dreams are already over before the regular season has even begun. Despite Marcus Stroman’s brilliant 4-inning no-hit bid, the anemic Bronx Bombers’ bats went silent once again in the 2-1 loss, prompting furious calls to blow it all up and start rebuilding for 2025.

Fans voice displeasure as Yankees’ struggles continue

During the game, a chorus of discontent rang out as frustrated fans voiced concerns over yet another potential setback for the Yankees. Despite it being spring training, with the regular season just a month away, a palpable unease filtered through the stands.

The mounting losses only exacerbated the anxiety. First, a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat at the hands of the crosstown rival Mets. Then, a razor-thin 3-4 loss against the pesky Rays. Followed by a demoralizing 5-11 shellacking courtesy of the Tigers. And now, today’s narrow 2-1 margin against the Blue Jays.

“Same old story all power and no production. Leaving runners on bases instead of just putting a balll in play.” Groaned lifelong Bronx Bombers fanatic Kurt Smith, shaking his head as he typed out the words on Twitter

“I know spring training doesn’t matter but the Yankees haven’t scored five runs against a team not named the Tigers since March 1. Maybe it’s nothing, numbers don’t look bad other than Stanton and Verdugo. I really need them to show signs of life.” A user known as “The Yankee Hambino” reverberated sentiments across the social network X.com, formerly recognized as Twitter.

While spring training results are often dismissed as meaningless, the Yankees‘ recent skid has struck a nerve with a fanbase desperate to return to World Series glory after over a decade of futility. As opening day inches closer, the pressure will only intensify for this star-studded roster to start delivering in the win column.

Moment to forget? Juan Soto humbled by Bassitt’s knee-buckling curveball

Juan Soto during the spring training game against Toronto Blue Jays, on Friday, march 08, 2024
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New York Yankees superstar Juan Soto is renowned for his exceptional plate discipline and keen batting eye, making him one of the most intimidating hitters in MLB. However, even the great Soto can be humbled by a nasty pitch every once in a while. In the third inning of Friday’s spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Chris Bassitt unleashed a filthy curveball that buckled Soto’s knees, causing the slugger to violently swing through the knee-buckling breaker for a rare caught-looking strikeout. It’s a remarkable sight to see Soto, with his .421 career on-base percentage, so thoroughly fooled by a pitch’s devastating movement, serving as a reminder that even the game’s elite can be baffled by MLB’s most wicked offerings.

Yankees 1, Blue Jays 2: Stroman shines, offense struggles

Marcus Stroman, player of the New York Yankees
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Marcus Stroman made his case for a spot in the Yankees’ rotation with an excellent outing against the Blue Jays on Friday. The marquee offseason signing tossed four no-hit innings, allowing just one baserunner while striking out two over 53 efficient pitches. 

Marcus Stroman has now pitched 10.1 innings this spring, surrendering just two earned runs and two walks. His performance was a bright spot as the Yankees’ offense sputtered in the 2-1 loss to Toronto.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning. With one out, Kevin Smith singled and scored on a double to left field by DJ LeMahieu, who had two of New York’s four hits on the day. 

Toronto starter Chris Bassitt largely cruised after the third inning hiccup. He departed after retiring the first batter in the fifth, finishing with 4.1 innings pitched, one earned run, and five strikeouts.

The Blue Jays scratched across two runs against Yankees reliever Yerry De Los Santos in the seventh to take the lead. Alan Roden walked and Bo Bichette doubled before Nathan Lukes tripled to plate both runners.

While the bats went quiet, several Yankees pitchers impressed. Clay Holmes worked a scoreless fifth, striking out Daniel Vogelbach. Top prospect Spencer Jones pinch hit for Juan Soto in the eighth inning but grounded out.

The Yankees brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth against funky lefty Mason Fluharty but couldn’t cash in, going down in order to end the game.

In other Blue Jays news, it was announced during the game that longtime star Joey Votto will be joining Toronto’s camp on a non-roster deal. The Canadian slugger was born in Toronto and grew up in the area, so it could be a fitting end to his distinguished career if he makes the club.

The Yankees will be back in action Saturday against the Twins in Fort Myers. Nestor Cortes is scheduled to make his next Grapefruit League start in the 1:05pm ET matchup.

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